Commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: Who Is Lt. Gen. David Perkins?
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Lieutenant General David G. Perkins serves as the commander of the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the U.S. and is also responsible for development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals and training of the Army’s commissioned and noncommissioned officers. Perkins took over at CAC in December 2011, succeeding Lt. Gen. Robert L. “Bob” Caslen, Jr., who was commander there starting March 2010. A specialist in armored warfare, Perkins has served in several of the major U.S. military hotspots over the past 32 years, including the Balkans and the war in Iraq.
Born circa 1958 in Keene, New Hampshire, Perkins earned a BS at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980 and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Commissioned an Army Second Lieutenant in Armor in 1980, Perkins served his first assignment as a platoon leader in Germany. During his career, he has commanded at the company, battalion, task force, brigade, and theater level in Germany, Macedonia, Iraq, and the United States.
Perkins commanded the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor, in the 1st Infantry Division from 1996 to 1998, during which the battalion deployed to Macedonia, where Perkins commanded a UN mission established at the request of Macedonia to monitor its borders with Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia. Between 2001 and 2003, he commanded the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, including an armored assault on Baghdad on April 7, 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he served as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C. From 2005 to 2007, he was the Commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Germany. From 2007 to June 2008 Perkins served as the G-3 (division operations officer) for United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany. In 2008 he became the Director for Strategic Effects for Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he coordinated and implemented political, economic, and communications activities on behalf of the MNF-I. From 2009 to 2011, Perkins was the commander of the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado.
David Perkins is married to Ginger Perkins, and the couple has two children, Cassandra and Chad, both of whom are also in the military, Cassandra as a helicopter pilot and Chad as a cadet at West Point.
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